The Jets solidified their position as the top team in the Central Division with a 5-0 win over Nashville. Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 33 shots he faced in the win to pick up his second shutout of the season, both of which have come over the last three games. In other words, he went 54 games without recording a single goose egg, so he has exceeded expectations during a fantasy playoff week. His recent hot play is great news for the Jets as they hope for a deep playoff run. Those playoffs are now guaranteed, as the Jets clinched a playoff spot with the win.
Kyle Connor led the charge for the Jets, recording a hat trick while adding an assist with a plus-4 and six shots on goal. Connor has turned it up recently with five goals and eight points over his last four games.
Centering Connor’s line, Kevin Hayes had four points of his own (1G, 3A). Hayes is now up to 10 points (4G, 6A) in his 13 games with the Jets. He entered the game with a modest six points in 12 games, but you’d have to think that having linemates like Connor and Patrik Laine (and Nikolaj Ehlers before that) is an upgrade on what he had with the Rangers.
Watch Connor turnstile P.K. Subban on one of his goals:
Speaking of Subban, he may not be smiling as much lately, as he has now been held without a point in seven consecutive games. I know he’s spent some time on IR this season, but his season point total is just 25 points in 57 games. That translates to 36 points over a full season, or likely no more than 30 this season. We can reassess things at season’s end, but for now maybe Subban is one of those guys that you consider dropping in non-keeper formats if you need more immediate help of some kind. I know that his name has kept him on my single-season roster all this time, but I wouldn’t argue if you have already decided to move on.
Playing on separate lines, Brendan Gallagher and Max Domi each scored three points in the Habs’ 7-4 win over Buffalo. Gallagher was especially potent, scoring two goals and adding an assist with a plus-3 and nine shots on goal. Gallagher now has a career-high 33 goals and has reached the 30-goal mark in back-to-back seasons. He’s also taken a minimum of 270 shots in each of the past two seasons. Over the past two seasons, he’s now a top-20 goal scorer and a top-10 shot taker. The low assist totals deflate his overall value in points leagues, but you can easily find assists from other players in multicategory leagues.
So much for my midseason prediction that the Sabres would